Mexico & Caribbean

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A Comprehensive Guide to Running in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo

Cabo San Lucas is the southernmost city on the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. It’s a popular tourist destination, known for its high end resorts, white sand beaches, and stone archways standing sentinel over the sea. The tourist corridor stretches 30 km north into San Jose del Cabo, another vacation hotspot. There are a few great running routes scattered across Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

The sand on Cabo San Lucas beaches is notoriously soft, but beach running is a convenient (and very scenic) option from any of the tourist areas. The Harborfront and Paseo de La Marina in Cabo San Lucas is also a short but pleasant run. Trail runners can find more routes in El Tule and around Medano. We’ve also mapped additional running options in San Jose del Cabo, including a marina loop, two beaches, and paths along an estuary.

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are both compact, walkable cities on their own. Traditional taxis and water taxis are available for longer trips, but a rental car may be desirable for those who want to travel between the hubs of Los Cabos. Note: It can be very hot in summer, with temperatures regularly topping 90F (32C).

Special thanks to running guide Fernando Balderas Rodriguez for his trail running recommendations!

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Medano Trails

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

There are a few trail running options in Cabo San Lucas, if you know where to look. A trail begins near the Villa del Arco Beach Resort and Spa and reaches to the top of Communication Tower Hill. Hilly, great views, hot and dry -- bring water!

El Tule

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A scenic tourist area north of Cabo San Lucas, El Tule has nice dirt sidewalks, concrete paths, and even a trail through the canyon. We’ve mapped a 5k, but there are lots of options to explore.

Cabo has hot summers and warm winters. Runners should note that summer temperatures regularly climb into the mid-90s (35C), with very warm nights. The winter season is delightful for running, with highs in the 24C (75F) range and nights dipping to the mid-50s (14C) — a layer might be needed! It’s a pretty dry climate, with occasional downpours in summer and some rain in the winter.

Most hotels are located along the coastal “Tourist Corridor” of Los Cabos. There is a plethora of lodgings along the Cabo San Lucas beaches, and more options in the “Zona Hotelera” of San Jose del Cabo. Find an in-depth list of accommodations at

There is a handful of chain running stores in Cabo San Lucas, including Vidayolas, Adidas, and Innovasport,

Running groups are limited, but there are some great options for running tours. Check out Running Tours Los Cabos or book a tour with author/runner Fernando Balderas Rodriguez. Fernando was extremely helpful in the planning of this guide!

The top running event in Los Cabos is the Los Cabos Half Marathon, though there may be other small races throughout the year.